Articles | Volume 18, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16631–16652, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16631–16652, 2018

Research article 26 Nov 2018

Research article | 26 Nov 2018

Spatial and seasonal variations of aerosols over China from two decades of multi-satellite observations – Part 2: AOD time series for 1995–2017 combined from ATSR ADV and MODIS C6.1 and AOD tendency estimations

Larisa Sogacheva et al.

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